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January 11-14, 2023, Tampa Convention Center

The FMEA Professional Development Conference is one of the largest music education professional development events in the United States. In addition to approximately 250 clinic sessions and concerts, it is host to 23 All-State Ensembles featuring Florida's top Band, Orchestra, Chorus, Guitar, Orff, and Popular Music students conducted by world-class conductors and teachers. It is attended by more than 10,000 people, including secondary music directors, elementary music teachers, music supervisors, college students, college music teachers, school administrators, K-12 students performing in the All-State ensembles, students and professional musicians performing with invited performing ensembles, exhibitors, and parents and family members of performing students.



Hotels began taking reservations at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 24.  Hotels usually fill up fast, but then open back up as other attendees cancel rooms they no longer need after all-state results are released in November.  See our Hotel Information Page for more information about how to book your rooms. 


Exhibitor Information

Please see the Exhibitor Information page for information about exhibiting at the 2023 FMEA Conference. 


Mass Ensembles

You are invited to bring your instrument and participate in one of our mass ensembles participating in the General Sessions. College students are invited to join the Collegiate Ensemble and perform for the Thursday General Session, and all current and former music teachers are invited to join the Directors Ensemble which will perform for the Friday General Session. Register Today!


3K Run-Walk

Join us Saturday Morning at 6:00 a.m. for the FMEA 3K, an informal run/walk starting at the Tampa Convention Center and traveling down Bayshore Boulevard and back.  Registration is required and only open to the first 100 people who register.


Important Dates (subject to change)

May 16, 2022
Deadline for Session Proposals and Performance Applications

July 15, 2022
Deadline for Product Showcase Applications

September 17, 2022
Pre-Registration Opens
Nominations are open for Student Conference Experience and Tri-M Experience

September 24, 2022
Hotels begin taking reservations at 9:00 a.m.

October 1, 2022
Presenter deadline for editing session details and requesting A/V equipment

November 12, 2022
Hotel Room Cancellation Deadline 5:00 p.m.

November 14, 2022
Hotels will charge your credit card a non-refundable deposit for the first night of each room

December 8, 2022
Pre-Registration closes at midnight. Payment must be postmarked on or before December 4 if you are paying by check. Pre-registration is by credit card only after December 5.

December 9, 2022
You can begin the on-site registration process online to generate an invoice with the on-site prices, but you must bring your payment to the conference. 

December 16, 2022
All school lodging checks are due, payable to the hotel where reservations were made for you and/or your students.

December 16, 2022
The final deadline for discounted hotel blocks. Unsold rooms in the FMEA blocks are released back to hotels.



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The FMEA Professional Development Conference and All-State Ensembles are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.